System Gap

The Simcoe-Muskoka Service Collaborative determined that youth would be better served if all agencies who work with them shared a common approach that recognizes that the needs of transition age youth (TAY) are unique and that are accessible, coordinated, youth-centered, timely, consistent, effective and evidence-based, least intrusive, innovative and community driven.

Intervention

The Simcoe-Muskoka Service Collaborative has decided to adopt the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) model. The TIP model was developed by Dr. Hewitt B. (Rusty) Clark for working with TAY to engage them in their own futures planning process and provide them with developmentally-appropriate, non-stigmatizing, and culturally-competent services and supports. TIP has been successfully implemented in child protection, youth employment support, schools, youth justice and many mental health and addiction services across the United States. For more information about TIP, see Tip Stars.

Local Evaluation Plan

The local evaluation plan for the Simcoe-Muskoka Service Collaborative was created in partnership with Evaluation and Quality Assurance staff from agencies across Simcoe-Muskoka implementing the TIP Model. It was designed to allow agencies to capture a large amount of data while placing minimal strain on agencies' resources and staff to ensure the plan is sustainable. Data collected will answer the following questions: 1) How is the TIP Model impacting the lives of youth? 2) Is the TIP Model is being implemented with fidelity? and 3) How useful are staff finding the TIP Model in their work with youth?

Progress

Exploration - complete Installation - complete Initial Implementation - in progress Full Implementation

For more information, please contact:

Celeste Lalonde, Regional Implementation Coordinator
705 549-9921

Outcome

Organized through the Transition Age Youth (TAY) System of Supports (SoS) Partnership, the first Simcoe-Muskoka community led TIP Model training will be delivered by two of the four soon to be NNYT Certified TIP Model Site-Based Trainers. The registration list is full (40 registrants). Eleven agencies have registered, with some training additional staff, while others are newly engaging in the movement to use the TIP Model. TAY SoS Partnership will offer two TIP Model trainings to the community every year. Over 200 people have been trained in the TIP Model in Simcoe-Muskoka.

Outcome

The second Ontario Trillium Foundation proposal was accepted to support and enhance capacity of TAY SoS Partnership agencies in engaging youth, families, and marginalized populations. Fourteen Simcoe-Muskoka agencies were represented at a World Café hosted by the TAY SoS to kickoff planning and engaging partners in the initiatives.

Outcome

First generation agencies are engaging in the TIP Model evaluation framework and will be sharing data on program fidelity, client outcomes and staff satisfaction with the TIP Model. Agencies will be able to monitor practices and processes related to the intervention within their organizations in order to identify the need for adjustments (Plan-Do-Study-Act improvement cycles).